In the context of what he was saying, it seemed to imply he believes that Gustavsson won't be a factor with the leafs and Macdonald will effectively be Toskala's backup. The thought was preceded by something like "I don't know anything about this monster guy ... Macdonald will be with the leafs!"
At least most of the time, Cherry seems like he is at the bare minimum, a tiny bit informed. In this case it takes a complete lacking in information to believe that the leafs could sign gustavsson and stick him with the marlies.
Until he said that he thinks Macdonald will be playing with the leafs and not Gustavsson.
What a dolt.
Gustavsson has never played in the NHL while Joey Macdonald has proven to be an NHLer. How is it Gustavsson will no doubt be better than Macdonald when he hasn't even played one NHL game? I hope and think Gustavsson will be a good goalie; but until he plays in the NHL he is unproven. SEL success=NHL success? Not necesarilly..
Simply put - because the leafs signed him to play with the leafs. Not the marlies.
Yeah, there is an inherent risk in my saying this that is exactly the point you made. I still think that it's a pretty safe bet that one of the major points brought up for gustavsson when signing is that he'll be with the big club. Of course, if he bombs then all bets are off. Considering the rep sheet on this guy though, it's pretty unlikely.
It's fair to make your kind of statement given that you know a thing or two about gustavsson. For cherry to make your conclusion after saying he doesn't know anything about gustavsson is laughable.